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Meaning of context by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Latin contextus .


    • ( RP ) IPA: /ˈkɒntɛkst/, X-SAMPA: /"kQntEkst/
    • ( GenAm ) IPA: /ˈkɑːntɛkst/, X-SAMPA: /"kAntEkst/


    context ( plural: contexts )

    1. The surroundings, circumstances, environment, background or settings that determine, specify, or clarify the meaning of an event or other occurrence .
      In what context did your attack on him happen? - We had a pretty tense relationship at the time, and when he insulted me I snapped .
    2. ( linguistics ) The text in which a word or passage appears and which helps ascertain its meaning .
    3. ( archaeology ) The surroundings and environment in which an artifact is found and which may provide important clues about the artifact's function and/or cultural meaning .
    4. ( mycology ) The trama or flesh of a mushroom .


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    context ( third-person singular simple present contexts present participle contexting, simple past and past participle contexted )

    1. ( obsolete ) To knit or bind together; to unite closely .
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Explanation of context by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. discourse that surrounds a language unit and helps to determine its interpretation

    2. the set of facts or circumstances that surround a situation or event

    3. the historical context

    Definition of context by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Context a. [L. contextus, p. p. of contexere to weave, to unite; con- + texere to weave. See Text.] Knit or woven together; close; firm. [Obs.]

      The coats, without, are context and callous. Derham.

    2. Context n. [L. contextus; cf. F. contexte .] The part or parts of something written or printed, as of Scripture, which precede or follow a text or quoted sentence, or are so intimately associated with it as to throw light upon its meaning.

      According to all the light that the contexts afford. Sharp.

    3. Context v. t. To knit or bind together; to unite closely. [Obs.] Feltham.

      The whole world's frame, which is contexted only by commerce and contracts. R. Junius.